BOKEH (2016): The Thing I Liked… ?

Bokeh (2016), Maika Monroe
Bokeh (2016), Maika Monroe

Written/directed by Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan, drama/sci-fi Bokeh is the story of a young couple on a romantic getaway to Iceland. Whilst there, they wake up one morning to find that everyone on earth has disappeared except for the two of them.

As intriguing as the premise is, I must admit that within 30 minutes of watching  Bokeh, I was moved to pause proceedings so I could decide whether moving forward with the movie was worth it. What else could I do when I was failing to find the two main characters played by Maika Monroe and Matt O’Leary particularly interesting? They just weren’t interesting enough for me to want to spend more time with them.

I’d really hoped that the story would have been adequately engaging. You know, something akin to the likes of Z For Zachariah (2015)a film with a vaguely similar plot. However, since that wasn’t the case and what was happening proved especially disappointing, thanks to one or two moments when my disbelief could not be completely suspended, at approximately 24 minutes in, I aborted. The question of whether I quit too early did come to mind. Yet, I still don’t believe so.

In terms of what I actually liked about the one-third of Bokeh that I saw…? Well, I love the name Maika and I want to visit Iceland at some point in the future. That’s really it.

Have you seen/tried to watch Bokeh? If so, please share your experience in the comments below.

Happy Film Loving


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